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Monday, August 26


Transformation: Ready or Not...

  •   Monday
  • 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Level - Advanced
  • Track - Cornerstones
  • Speaker - Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO

Is your procurement organization "transformation" ready, or are you worried about what the future will bring to your entity? It doesn’t have be a scary word, especially when you know when, how, and what to prepare for. Discuss the pillars, enablers, and success factors that can propel you and your entity into tomorrow in this experience-driven session, highlighting how technology and staffing can set the foundation for a transformation-ready tomorrow.

Planning for the Best: Mitigating Disaster Impact through Preparedness

  •   Monday
  • 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Level - Advanced
  • Track - Emergency
  • Speaker - Nicky Dare, MBA

Seemingly more so than ever before, today’s world is filled with disasters and tragedies that challenge us to respond with precision in order to have immediate impact. Whether natural or man-made, disasters by their very nature are unexpected and difficult to anticipate, requiring us to be constantly vigilant and prepared to face adversity should it arise. Join us as we discuss how prevention, preparedness, forward thinking, and sustainability can help you and your entity prepare for the worst, exploring how risk management, emergency action, disaster recovery, and business continuity plans can proactively mitigate the risks inherent in emergency disaster management.


Tuesday, August 27


Adapting to Change: Skills Analysis and Training at Sound Transit

  •   Tuesday
  • 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Level - Advanced
  • Track - Construction
  • Speaker - Steven Johnson, CPPO, Assoc. DBIA 

Are your procurements becoming more technically complex and expensive? Are you experiencing increased public scrutiny and pressure to reduce the procurement schedule to meet the demands of your customers? Explore how Sound Transit’s Design and Construction Contracts team is incorporating new skills to better meet the demands of the procurement function through strategic planning, skills analysis, training opportunities, and transforming hiring practices to ensure our team has the skills necessary to excel in this fast paced and changing environment.

Taking A Seat at the Table: FEMA Procurement Knowledge for Your Recovery Team

  •   Tuesday
  • 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Level - Advanced
  • Track - Emergency
  • Speakers - Kim Abrego, PT, DPT and Shelley Vineyard, MBA, RTSBA

Over 80% of FEMA’s Public Assistance dollars are allocated to the purchase of goods and professional services to recover/rebuild property lost to disaster. While testimonials run rampant concerning funding de-obligation, the procurement department is oftentimes pulled into recovery planning much too late. Join us and learn how you can take a seat at the recovery planning table, discussing proofing your procurement processes, required cost/price analyses, application of the most restrictive procurement and contracting rules (i.e. federal vs. state vs. local), and practical ways to meet the Six Affirmative Steps to assure that minority-owned and women-owned businesses are afforded contracting opportunities.

Trending in the Right Direction: The Procurement Process through Digital Eyes

  •   Tuesday
  • 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Level - Advanced
  • Track - Technology
  • Speaker - Bill Davison, CPPO

From enterprise software systems to website projects, technology procurements are increasingly becoming part of the procurement function’s responsibility. But with the industry changing annually, it can be difficult to stay up to date on the latest tech trends. Join us as we discuss common contract formation and management problems for technology procurements, exploring strategies and tools that can help mitigate even the trickiest risks in this case-study focused session.

The Politics of Procurement: Creating and Achieving Strategic Value in the Public Sector

  •   Tuesday
  • 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Level - Advanced
  • Track - Cornerstone
  • Speaker - Sean Carroll

Public procurement professionals are oftentimes responsible not only for fulfilling the procurement function on a strategic, objective-oriented level, but also for navigating requests from leadership, legislative bodies, lobbyists, and supplier advocacy groups. To effectively orchestrate a response to these myriad tasks, leaders in the public sector should upward manage procurement’s values to help guide project planning and policy decisions from the beginning. Join us as we discuss strategies for mitigating inappropriate influence on the procurement process while empowering the field to pro-actively mitigate change, all without forcing procurement officers to say no to leadership, in this advanced, lecture-styled session.

We Saved You a Seat: Become the FEMA Procurement Expert Your Team Can’t Do Without

  •   Tuesday
  • 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Level - Advanced
  • Track - Emergency
  • Speakers - Kim Abrego, PT, DPT and Shelley Vineyard, MBA, RTSBA

FEMA recently shared that disaster cost recovery training is one of the weakest links in emergency management. With many de-obligated dollars attributed to procurement, the procurement professional’s guidance is invaluable toward protecting FEMA recovery dollars. Join us as we dive into topics that will arm you to not only take a seat at the recovery planning table, but also inspire your organization to save you a seat because of your advanced knowledge navigating FEMA recovery pitfalls in this lecture-style session.


Wednesday, August 28


Finding Your Yellow Brick Road: Before, During, and After an Emergency

  •   Wednesday
  • 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Level - Advanced
  • Track - Emergency
  • Speakers - Tammy Rimes, MPA and Duff Erholtz

When disaster strikes, the 9-1-1 call comes in—but who do you call after the first responders are dispatched? Why Procurement, of course! Procurement preparedness before the emergency is important, with ready-to-go contracts and a packed “to-go” bag key to your entity’s success. Learn how “Plan B” comes into effect during the emergency, when plans go awry or new situations arise. After the smoke clears or the flood waters dry, it’s just as important for be aware of the after emergency activities to rebuild and recover. Join this special panel of disaster-oriented procurement professionals, with real-life stories, as they share insights on how their procurement teams helped “save the day,” discovering the top 3 things to stay in compliance with FEMA guidelines. Within this interactive session, take away ideas to strengthen your own preparations and leave with free copies of the NCPP’s First Aid Kit for Emergency Preparedness.